CLYDE R. WELCH, CDR, USN
Clyde Welch '51
Date of birth: September 8, 1928
Date of death: October 26, 1966
From the 1951 Lucky Bag:
From Virtual Wall:
1951 graduate of the Naval Academy.
Served aboard a frigate in Korean War.
Got his wings at Naval Air Station Pensacola.
Stationed at the Alameda Naval Air Station with the “Flying Redcocks.“
Later headed squadrons out of Miramar and Lemoore (Miramar was a Master Jet Station in the 1950’s)
Namesake of Welch Park at Lake Somerville, Texas.
Distinguished Flying Cross
From Hall of Valor:
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Commander Clyde Ray Welch (NSN: 0-542235), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a pilot during operations over hostile North Vietnamese territory on 22 October 1966.
General Orders: All Hands (February 1968)
Action Date: October 22, 1966
Clyde is among those names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. As his loss was not due directly to hostile action, though, he does not appear in the VIetnam War section of the Killed In Action panel in Memorial Hall.
Gerald Siebe '64 was also lost in this fire.